By Piali De
With the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, a significant shift in chronic care management began and the focus on improving the quality of care and health outcomes continues today.
Accountable Care Organizations have formed with financial incentives from Medicare allowing them to both share in savings and avoid penalties, while meeting a number of quality metrics. ACOs are incentivized to proactively manage their patients’ health.
There is an increasing recognition that effective chronic care management needs to be 24/7/365. Patients need to take care of themselves 24/7, and physicians need to provide oversight 24/7. This is economically viable only with the use of technology.
The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) now recognizes the need for 24/7/365 support for chronic care. On January 1st of this year, CMS began providing reimbursements to doctors for using technology that assists them in providing 24/7 oversight of their patients with 2 or more chronic illnesses. We are bound to see a profusion of such technologies in the near future and we are proud that we have created IbisCare to meet chronic care management needs.